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“The whole country has to prepare.”

The warning was issued by Science and Technology Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Graciano Yumul Jr., the Supervising Undersecretary to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), noting that two rain-inducing weather systems – tropical storm “Chedeng” (international name: Songda) and enhanced southwest monsoon – will bring moderate to heavy rains in the entire country. Yumul said “Chedeng” is forecast to dump 150-300 mm of rains per day or about 20 to 55 mm per hour.

“If we compare this to tropical storm Ondoy that devastated the country in September, 2009, the amount of rainfall is nearly the same because PAGASA was able to record 56 mm of rain per hour during Ondoy,” he said. “We can actually compare Chedeng’s amount of rainfall to “Ondoy” because at that time when Metro Manila was flooded, Ondoy was only under the tropical storm category but most of its rains came from the habagat (southwest monsoon). In terms of intensity, we can compare it to last year’s super typhoon Juan,” Yumul explained.

Chedeng entered the country’s territory before dawn Monday, threatening to bring heavy rains over most parts of the country starting Wednesday, PAGASA warned. The tropical storm entered the Philippine territory at 2 a.m. Monday having maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 120 kph, said Robert Sawi, chief of the PAGASA’s weather division.

Sawi said Chedeng was last spotted at about 795 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at 10 a.m. Monday, and continues to move towards a west-northwest direction at 15 kph. “Latest satellite models show that “Chedeng” moves toward the northern part of the country,” Sawi said. PAGASA expects that the storm may further intensify into a typhoon by Monday evening.

PAGASA forecasts that “Chedeng” to be at 540 kilometers east-northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar by Tuesday morning, and at 360 kilometers east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes by Wednesday morning. By Thursday morning, it will be at 265 kilometers north-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or at 250 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora. PAGASA senior weather specialist Anthony Lucero said the “habagat” has been enhanced due to the prevalence of a tropical cyclone.

With the storm’s present track, the eastern portion of the country may experience heavy rains brought about by Chedeng starting on Wednesday. Yumul said Chedeng is moving through the same path as tropical storm “Bebeng’s” track, which hardly hit the eastern side of the country, particularly Luzon and Visayas.

The DoST official pointed out that while “Chedeng” does not have a direct effect on the western portion of the country, the cyclone continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, which may also cause moderate to heavy rainfall over the western seaboard. “This can still strengthen and may reach a super typhoon category because it is still lingering over the sea,” Yumul said.